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The Next 35 Years of Social Change in Israel
New Leadership for a New Era

Please join the New Israel Fund for
a breakfast briefing introducing Mickey Gitzin
New Israel Fund’s new Executive Director in Israel

Tuesday, October 24th
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

New Israel Fund's DC Office:
2100 M St NW Ste. 619
Washington, DC 20037
Light breakfast will be available at 8:45am


As a liberal, openly gay son of Russian immigrants, newly appointed NIF Executive Director in Israel, Mickey Gitzin recognizes both the great leaps forward that Israel has made in advancing equality for all its citizens and the challenges that remain.

Mickey has led the charge as one of a new wave of young Israeli leaders, bringing a cutting edge, intersectional approach to the issues on which he works. At a time when we see anti-democratic trends in Israel’s government – and our own – what does the future of the Israeli progressive movement look like? What victories are we taking for granted? And which issues are the most important for Israelis and Americans to solve in the coming years?

Join us for a fascinating conversation with one of Israel’s top civil society leaders about how American and Israeli progressives can unite to solve Israel’s most vexing challenges.

Mickey Gitzin is the newly-appointed Executive Director of the New Israel Fund in Israel. Mickey also serves as a city council member in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, where he chairs committees for diversity and public housing. He is also the Mayor’s advisor for global development and innovation.

Prior to joining NIF, Mickey was the founding director of Israel Hofsheet (Be Free Israel), a leading grassroots organization fighting for separation of religion and state in Israel. Recently, for instance, Israel Hofsheet has been working to break the orthodox’s monopoly on marriage and divorce in Israel. Previously, Mickey was the spokesperson for MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz) and the Associate Director of Festival BeShekel, an organization advancing arts and culture in Israel’s geographic and socioeconomic periphery. After completing his military service as an intelligence officer, he served as a shaliach (emissary) in South Bend, Indiana for the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Mickey holds a Master’s in Public Policy from University College-London, for which he received a Chevening Scholarship from the British Foreign Office and the British Council.

In 2013, Mickey received NIF UK’s Human Rights Award, and in 2015, NIF’s Gallanter Prize for Emerging Israeli Social Justice Leaders.

The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending democracy in Israel. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, NIF has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to Israel since its inception in 1979. More about NIF here:

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